The year 2016 has been huge for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. We’ve seen quite a number of companies venture into this new and upcoming technology, among them HTC, Oculus, and Sony.
With the second half of the year still quite young, there is still time for more companies to showcase what they got to the rest of the world. One such company that seems ready to do so “in the coming weeks” is Google. The company has already made its way into this VR world with the Cardboard headset, but it’s not yet done.
According to a Bloomberg report, the search engine giant will unveil its Google Daydream VR platform in the near future. The company has reportedly invested volumes of money into this technology, especially when it comes to content. The publication notes that larger parts of this money are dedicated to the likes of video games and apps development, licensing of sports leagues in addition to shooting 360-degree videos.
Back in May, Google noted that quite a significant number of major names in the Android world had already agreed to come up with handsets that are Daydream ready. These companies include Samsung, Huawei, LG, HTC, ASUS, Xiaomi, ZTE, and Alcatel. What happens here is that these smartphone OEMs will use Google Daydream VR as a platform around which they build their future smartphones. In essence, this will work in the same manner as Android does, where smartphone OEMs use the platform to build their smartphones.
Apparently, only a handful of devices can be termed as Daydream ready, which are ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZTE Axon 7. But looking at their specs sheets, the two could also suggest that the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note 7, LG G5, and HTC 10 are also Daydream ready. As for the headsets, there’s none so far.